But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

When we consider the shortness of time, and the variety of weighty concerns which call for our attention during that transitory period, you will agree with me that whatever has not some degree of importance attending it has no claim upon our regard. Every object certainly deserves regard in...

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Thursday, 26 March 2020 02:01

Around the Horn (March 26)

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After describing the theological significance of the gathered church, Albert Mohler asks an honest question, “But this raises an important theological question for Christians to consider. Can Christians and Christian churches remain faithful by not meeting...

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One thing has been clear in Governor Andy Beshear’s response to the COVID-19 crisis: he has been proactive and committed to erring on the side of caution. He has been one of the quicker governors to act in closing non-essential businesses and activities. Beshear...

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Friday, 20 March 2020 02:00

Haste Yourself to Peace

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The digital age hurries and shatters our concentration into a million little pieces, and now the greatest challenge to literacy is a short attention span. Oliver O’Donovan

 

Haste is infectious. It affects everything about our lives, even the way we read and study God’s Word. We jet...

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Thursday, 19 March 2020 22:39

Andrew Fuller Friday: On Charity Considered as Bigotry

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The main reason why we are accused of spiritual pride, bigotry, uncharitableness, and the like, is the importance which we ascribe to some of our sentiments. Viewing them as essential to Christianity, we cannot, properly speaking, acknowledge as Christians those who reject them. It is this which...

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Thursday, 19 March 2020 02:21

Around the Horn (March 19)

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In this article Albert Mohler writes, “When the headlines first appeared about the coronavirus, most of us never considered that we would face such a time as this. We thought humanity was merely facing just another close call. But this...

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This past week has been a difficult week for churches. Churches are, by definition, an assembly of people who gather. Jesus suffered and died in order to make that gathering possible. The necessity of gathering on the Lord’s Day, if at all possible, is...

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The text below is Martin Luther’s answer to a pastor concerning whether it is right for a Christian to flee during a deadly plague. His answer gives no place for panic-driven self-preoccupation or swaggering self-centered bravado that mocks the danger through disregard for basic precautions.

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It is not enough that you should be what is called a popular preacher. A man may have gifts, so as to shine in the eyes of the multitude, almost as bright as he does in his own eyes; and yet possess little or nothing of spiritual light—light, the tendency of which is to transform the heart....

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“This fall I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.” Thus spoke LeBron James on July 8, 2010, before a live television audience of 13.1 million people, making ESPN’s “The Decision” the most...

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Thursday, 12 March 2020 06:46

Around the Horn (March 12)

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“The concept of preparation, of true training which sets its eye on a distant goal, seldom finds its way outside of the gym or motivational business speeches. Many of us see the everyday as a mini crisis, and are much easier on ourselves than we could be, or possibly...

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Wednesday, 11 March 2020 02:36

Governor Beshear, Focus on KY Government, Not Churches

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Governor Andy Beshear provided an update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Kentucky on March 11th. In his comments, the governor acknowledged that state schools are still open but wanted them to understand they may be asked to close on short notice. He also made a...

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Wednesday, 11 March 2020 00:51

What About Me Right Now?

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Promises, promises.

 God’s announcement of His plan of salvation and blessing to His people in Christ is one of the unifying themes integrating the message and the deeds of the Old and New Testaments. All throughout the Bible, God’s people have received the gift and legacy of...

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Thursday, 05 March 2020 22:49

Andrew Fuller Friday: On the Turn of the Present Age

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Crispus. Good morning, my dear Gaius; I am glad to see you. The world is busy in grasping wealth, in discussing politics, and in struggling for dominion; all trifles of a moment: let us retire from the tumultuous scene, and discourse on subjects of greater importance.

Gaius. I am glad, my dear...

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Thursday, 05 March 2020 00:43

Around the Horn (March 5)

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As this post notes, many people bounce around from church to church in search of community. The problem with that attitude is that community is not simply something you find. It is more than that.

Fast-spreading,...

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The headline in the LexingtonHerald-Leader reads, “Asbury University confronts student anger, pain over dismissal of LGBTQ-affirming professors”. According to the article, two professors, Jon Roller and Jill Campbell, had contracts that were not renewed. The...

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If we are to make disciples in obedience to Christ, we should look to Jesus to learn how to accomplish such a task. He is the master discipler. He showed us how disciple-making is done. It is wise for us to consider and make sure we are learning from him in every way. To evaluate our process, here...

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Vindication of the Apostle Paul 2 Cor. 12:16

This passage is so far from being friendly to the exercise of guile, that it is a manifest disavowal of it. It is an irony. The apostle does not describe what had actually been his conduct, but that of which he stood accused by the Corinthian teachers....

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Thursday, 27 February 2020 00:05

Around the Horn (February 27)

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“It should be clear to our children that we mean what we say. If your child is truly strong-willed, then I pray for you and pray that you will help to develop that child into a faithful servant for God. I feel confident assuming that most of the...

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